Whether planning a local or long distance move, temporary storage is often a necessity. Storage of excess items can be helpful when getting a home ready to sell. When it becomes necessary to vacate a property before the next one is ready to occupy, storage is a must. Climate controlled storage may be the best option when a long period of time is involved.
Climate controlled storage means that goods are kept at a constant temperature, typically between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity levels can also be controlled. Extreme variations in temperature and humidity can damage wood furniture, causing cracking of wood, warping of items, and expanding and contracting due to heat and cold. Climate controlled storage should always be considered when storing antiques and irreplaceable items.
High levels of humidity can lead to rust and corrosion, particularly in appliances, electronics, and photography equipment. Mold and mildew can ruin fabrics, upholstery, leather goods, clothing, books, and artwork. In addition, items stored in facilities that are not climate controlled may be more susceptible to damage from dust, insects, and other pests.
When planning to store household goods, make a list of items that may need to be accessed more easily. Those should be placed so they can be reached without moving other items. Pack like items together. Make sure to pack fragile items in appropriate boxes or containers with bubble wrap or other suitable packing materials. Always label boxes for content. Old sheets and blankets are useful for covering and protecting furniture. If a furniture piece must be disassembled, keep the pieces together. Zip lock bags are handy for keeping any necessary hardware together. Place the bags in a drawer or tape to the underside of the furniture piece.
A.C. White can provide access to storage through its more than 1,000 partners worldwide. They can arrange for the pickup and delivery of the items. Climate controlled storage can offer peace of mind during a move and transition period.